Chipley Pit Bull Restrictions

The Chipley City Council imposed a set of conditions on those who wish to own pit bull dogs within city limits.

Faye Rabon is friends of the Chipley family who lost their six-year-old son to a pit bull.

Several years ago, the dog fatally attacked the boy while he was playing in his parent's backyard.

The city council imposed a $200 per year registration fee on those who want to keep a pit bull as a pet.

The owner must also keep the dog behind a six-foot chain link fence and if on a leash the dog must wear a muzzle.

Chipley City Manager Jim Morris says, “Pit bulls are very dangerous animals, especially to smaller children, but we have a lot of homeowners who have them tied-up in the backyard and they smell and don't keep them like they should."

Similar restrictions on pit bull dog ownership can be found in cities across central and south Florida.


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  • by Brenda Mack Williams Location: Chipley, Florida on Jun 22, 2007 at 02:33 PM
    I was led to research this ordinance because on June 20, one of my kittens were attacked by a pit bull that a young boy was walking. There were two boys with pit bulls on leashes w/o muzzles, as this ordinance so requires. Today, the boys returned near my home with one of the dogs; this one was not muzzled. There was no incident today;however,this attack could have been on a human being. The child with the dog could not control it!!! The point is that there is an ordinance in place and it should be enforced. No exceptions. I notified the police and they had to contact code enforcemnt to confirm this information...The officer did call me back after he had this info verified. I am appalled that the sheriff's office nor the city police were readly informed of this ordinance.
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